The Nuns have Docked!!

Hello Readers!!

Join the Nuns aboard the “Faiths of All Nations” cruise ship. You won’t want to miss this! Oh and in case you didn’t know the show stars Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka from Laverne and Shirley. The Nuns are docked here until May 17. You don’t want to miss this show. Also for those who are interested we will be selling the set when the show is finished. The set is modeled after a cruise ship and could be used in many nautical themed applications, and for productions such as Anything Goes. The cost is $3500 or best offer. All proceeds will benefit Meadow Brook Theatre, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Please contact Meadow Brook Theatre Production Manager, Sarah Warren for details, or to make an offer. Contact via email at sarahlinwarren@gmail.com or call 248-370-4588.

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Get your tickets to Messugah-Nuns! now by calling our Box Office at 248.377.3300, or http://www.ticketmaster.com. Come sail with us!

 

Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

 

 

 

 

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Come to the Islands!

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Hello Readers!

Some time has gone by since the Holidays, but here we are! If you are looking for a little get away from that cold, dreary weather outside; come on by the theatre to see this beautiful show! It will take you are a journey in the Caribbean and it is a wonderful story. I walked into the theatre the other day and all I can tell you is WOW!! (notice all caps). The set is gorgeous, the costumes are gorgeous, the music is phenomenal and the actors are incredible. This is going to be one of the best show this season, which means that you need to get your tickets soon.

Just to show you how beautiful the set is here are a couple of pictures taken by our Managing Director Cheryl Marshall.

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Trust me when I say you want to see this show! It is full of beauty, so get your tickets soon. Call the box office at 248.377.3300 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

 

Hello Dedicated Readers!

First off thank you for being patient and waiting for this post to come. A while ago here at the theatre we had a video the Christmas Carol set being constructed. As many of you know we do A Christmas Carol every year and it is a family favorite! We look forward to this show every season and so do the patrons. If you have not seen it yet, now is the time to start a family tradition! This is a classic story and everyone knows it. Anyway…this year I really wanted to bring back that video, so over the last week I have been putting together a timelapse video of the set being constructed. It took a while to get it edited and to the finished product. We are so happy with this video we are planning on doing them for every show for the rest of this season and next. So keep your eyes peeled for more videos to come! So come see A Christmas Carol here at MBT running Nov 16 – Dec 23 for ticket information call our box office at 248.370.3300! And without further ado….I give to you A Christmas Carol construction in 1:30!

Turn on your speakers and listen to our carollers! Also don’t be afraid to watch in full screen!

Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

‘Dracula’ continues to fly high!

Is Lucy an angel or a demon?

There are only two weeks left to see Dracula, A Rock Opera.  The audience continues to rave about the show.  Here are some of our favorites quotes from audience members.

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“I loved this more than any show I’ve ever seen! I would most definitely see it again! I had just finished the book, and the actors completely brought the entire story to life, especially Katie Hardy. Amazing performance, everyone!”

 

“The male cast was unbelievably strong- many of their vocal ranges far exceeded my expectations. One of my favorite shows that I’ve seen at Meadow Brook… I’m still singing the songs at home! Katie Hardy was absolutely haunting, and I was holding my breath for more than once throughout the show.”

 

“Dracula, A Rock Opera was an EXCELLENT show! The cast was probably the strongest cast I have seen on the Meadow Brook Theatre stage. The Three wives of Dracula, Ann O’Brien, Janet Caine, and Jennifer George, blended so well and were so seductively intriguing. Paul Hopper blew the audience away with his powerful voice!! A must see!!”

 

“Saw the performance, outstanding! This is Broadway quality. All of the cast members were totally awesome! The best of everything to all of you.”

 

“I loved the show, the songs were amazing! I would love to buy a recording of the songs so I could listen to them over again!”

(Note from the Artistic Director: A studio cast album does exist.  It is not our cast, but the two cd album can be purchased through amazon.com here. )

 

“Mic-ing of individual performers was impressive and clear. Use of the set, stage and turntable was great. hope to come back again.”

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If you’d like to share your thoughts on the show there is a link on our website at www.mbtheatre.com.

There are only two weeks left of the show… come see it before it’s too late!  Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the box office at 248-377-3300.  Come join us on this energetic thrill ride!

See you at the theatre!

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director

20 Questions with Rusty Mewha of Dracula, A Rock Opera

All good things must come to an end and so too must our 20 Questions series for Dracula, A Rock Opera.  I hope you have enjoyed meeting the cast and will feel that you know a little more about them before you come to see them on stage.  Keep checking the blog for more fun as Dracula, A Rock Opera opens to the public this Wednesday October 6, 2010!

Rusty Mewha wraps up our 20 questions series, but he is no stranger to Meadow Brook Theatre.  Many will remember him from Kong’s Night Out, Biloxi Blues, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and By Jeeves.  Rusty is an extremely versatile actor and we are fortunate to have him in the MBT family.  Fans of Rusty’s will be happy to know they will get another chance to see him on stage this season with The 39 Steps.  He is fantastic to work with and I hope you enjoy his 20 questions!

Single Tickets for Dracula: A Rock Opera went on sale September 20th at 10:00 am.  There have been reports of tickets literally flying out the door… So call the Box Office at 248-377-3300 to reserve your tickets today!  For more information on the theatre, visit us on the web at www.mbtheatre.com.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director

Rusty Mewha portray's Arthur Holmwood in Dracula, A Rock Opera

20 questions with Rusty Mewha

Where did you grow up?  I was born in the Dallas area, lived in Portland, Oregon.  My family moved to Oakland county when I was 12.

Where did you go to school?  Walled Lake Western High School, Wayne State University – BA English

Who in your life has been your biggest influence?  The people who have most influenced me are my wife and kids.

What is your dream role?  Chris in Miss Saigon and Hamlet

Do you believe in Vampires? While I believe there are plenty of people who suck, I don’t believe in vampires.

Why do you think people today are obsessed with Vampires?  Because of slick marketing campaigns.

Favorite Restaurant?  Some sushi joint in Union Square, NYC my wife and I twice stumbled upon (Can’t remember its name.

Last scary movie you saw?  Coppola’s Dracula

Last play you saw?  Our Town at The Purple Rose

Last book you read?  Dracula by Bram Stoker

Next project after Dracula?  The 39 Steps at MBT

Favorite place to visit?  NYC

Number of siblings and where you fit into the count?  I have a brother who is 15 months younger.

Favorite Musician?  Jeff Buckley

Favorite Playwright?  Sam Shepard

Were you a “Crest” Kid? (if not what toothpaste do you use to clean your fangs) I truly don’t remember.  These days I like Tom’s All Natural.

Favorite onstage blooper?  When B.J. Love lost his mustache in By Jeeves at MBT, and I broke, BAD, leading to the whole cast and audience rolling with uncontrollable laughter.

Favorite pastime?  Tromping through the woods with my kids.

Biggest pet peeve?  Paying for car repairs.

Finish this sentence: “If I knew then what I know now… I wouldn’t have __________”

…answered questions like this for all to read.”

20 Questions with Ann O’Brien of Dracula, A Rock Opera

Dracula has three wives… that’s right, THREE!  We’ve already met two of them (Janet Caine and Jennifer George) and now it is time to highlight Ann O’Brien the third wife of Dracula in MBT’s Dracula, A Rock Opera!  Ann and I actually went to school together at Oakland University and first acted together on the MBT stage in 2001 in an OU produced children’s show, The Wind in the Willows. Since then Ann has shown her amazing talent on our stage in shows such as A Christmas Carol, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, By Jeeves and Sisters of Swing. Below are her 20 Questions!

Single Tickets for Dracula: A Rock Opera went on sale September 20th at 10:00 am.  There have been reports of tickets literally flying out the door… So call the Box Office at 248-377-3300 to reserve your tickets today!  For more information on the theatre, visit us on the web at www.mbtheatre.com.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director

Ann O'Brien is one of Dracula's wives in Dracula, A Rock Opera

20 questions with Ann O’Brien

Where did you grow up?  Roseville, MI – until I was 5, then Harper Woods, MI – through High School.

Where did you go to school?  Oakland University, B.A. Performing Arts: Musical Theatre

Who in your life has been your biggest influence?  My parents; the best examples of hard-working, Christian parents I know!

What is your dream role?  Oh, so many… Mabel (Mack & Mabel), either lady in Songs for a New World, and Sally Bowles, of course!

Do you believe in Vampires?  No, but they’re fun to play in rock-operas!

Why do you think people today are obsessed with Vampires?  The mystery and their supernatural powers intrigue us to stretch the imagination.

Favorite Restaurant?  The Palm (Best Filet!), Rosa Mexicano in NYC (Best Mexican!), any Sushi place too!

Last scary movie you saw? Van Helsing (w/ Hugh Jackman) is the scariest I get for movies.  I’m a whimp!

Last play you saw?  Two Gentlemen of Verona (Water Works) Great Show!

Last book you read?  I Could’ve Sung All Night – The Marni Nixon Story

Next project (After Dracula)?  A Christmas Carol!  Come back to Meadow Brook for this great holiday family tradition!

Favorite place to visit?  NYC! I love to go visit friends and see shows. (HI Cáitlín and Cass!)

Number of siblings and where you fit into the count?  I just have one older brother, Bryan, who’s great… now that we’re grown up!

Favorite Musician?  Heart, Katy Perry, Jason Mraz, love me some Classic Rock!

Favorite Playwright?  Jane Martin, Eugene Ionesco and… oh so many!

Were you a “Crest” Kid? (if not what toothpaste do you use to clean your fangs)  Yes! That’s all we ever used as kids.

Favorite onstage blooper?  When I was “wonder-studying” the role of Honoria Glossup here at MBT in “By Jeeves”, one of the actor’s (B.J. Love’s) fake mustache kept coming unstuck from his face on stage (since it was so humid that spring).  It was hilarious trying to keep it together when his mustache was falling off in his hands!

Favorite pastime?  Reading a good book, singing Karaoke and getting together with friends & family to play cards.

Biggest pet peeve?  People who are dishonest and manipulating in order to “get ahead” in life.

Finish this sentence: “If I knew then what I know now… I wouldn’t have __________”

…changed too much.  Maybe I would’ve been more assertive in making some of the choices that I’d let others make for me.  No one is looking out for your own happiness except you!”

20 Questions with Andrea Mellos of Dracula, A Rock Opera

Andrea Mellos is next up in our 20 Questions series.  She plays the beautiful Wilhelmina, love of Jonathan Harker, in Dracula, A Rock Opera.  Season ticket holders at MBT will recall her performances as young Judy in Beyond the Rainbow and most recently Lois in Breaking Up is Hard to Do.  I love working with Andrea.  We started working together many years ago in A Christmas Carol and she is one of the easiest actors to direct.  She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and gives every performance her all.  Read her 20 questions and come see her in the show… you won’t be disappointed!

Single Tickets for Dracula: A Rock Opera went on sale September 20th at 10:00 am.  There have been reports of tickets literally flying out the door… So call the Box Office at 248-377-3300 to reserve your tickets today!  For more information on the theatre, visit us on the web at www.mbtheatre.com.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director


Andrea Mellos portrays Wihlelmina in Dracula, A Rock Opera

20 questions with Andrea Mellos

Where did you grow up?  Livonia, MI

Where did you go to school?  I attended Stevenson High School and received a BFA in theatre from Wayne State University.

Who in your life has been your biggest influence?  My mother, the strongest and most beautiful woman I know! I love you Alice.

What is your dream role?  I would love to play Roxy and or Velma in “Chicago”

Do you believe in Vampires?  Short story:  When I worked at Jacobson’s Department Store back in the day, my little sister Leah came to visit me.  At the time she was 8 years old and was walking around the store with my mother, when all of the sudden she claimed to see a very attractive, well dressed man who apparently flashed her his sharp, white fangs.  She was mortified and clung to mom for dear life the rest of the day.  So, sure why not they may exist.  According to Leah they hang out at your favorite store.  Moral of the story: Wear garlic while shopping.

Why do you think people today are obsessed with Vampires?  They are seductive and alluring.  Eric from “True Blood” …need I say more.

Favorite Restaurant?  Molyvos in NYC!!  It’s a Greek fusion menu and right next to Carnegie Hall.  I used to work there and it’s amazing!! Go visit and order the spanakopita (spinach pie) and a watermelon martini.

Last scary movie you saw?  “Paranormal Activity.”  I didn’t sleep for a month.

Last play you saw?  “Don’t Be Cruel: The Life and Times of the King” featuring the lovely and talented Jennifer George.

Last book you read?  Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Next project after Dracula?  Janet Van De Graaff in “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Performance Network Theatre.

Favorite place to visit? New York City

Number of siblings and where you fit into the count? I’m the oldest of 4 even though sometimes I act like the youngest.

Favorite Musician?  I’m on an Avett Brother’s kick lately; Sufjan Stevens and the Beatles.

Favorite Playwright?  Donald Margulies and Theresa Rebeck

Were you a “Crest” Kid? (if not what toothpaste do you use to clean your fangs) Crest all the way!

Favorite onstage blooper? It was in “Beyond the Rainbow,” my zipper on my dress completely broke during a very quick ‘quick change’ and my whole backside was exposed!!  Throughout the entire scene I had to play it sliding against the wall.  Needless to say, we all had a good laugh about it when I got off stage! Ah, the beauty of live theatre!

Favorite pastime?  Shopping and teaching myself how to play the guitar…I need help! Any teachers out there want a student!?

Biggest pet peeve?  The word “Anywhoo” …it makes me twitch.

Finish this sentence: “If I knew then what I know now… I wouldn’t have __________”

…taken for granted the time spent with my loved ones who have since passed on, especially my brother Stephen.  I know now to love and live each day like it’s your last.”

20 Questions with Paul Hopper of Dracula, A Rock Opera

If you are a regular theatre-goer of Meadow Brook Theatre than you’ve probably seen Paul Hopper in one show or another.  He is an amazingly talented man and he is playing Van Helsing in Dracula, A Rock Opera.  He stops by our 20 Questions series today and I hope you enjoy getting a chance to know him a little better before you come see his outstanding performance in the show.  It has been a thrill to work with Paul and I hope we get to work together again very soon!

Single Tickets for Dracula: A Rock Opera went on sale September 20th at 10:00 am.  There have been reports of tickets literally flying out the door… So call the Box Office at 248-377-3300 to reserve your tickets today!  For more information on the theatre, visit us on the web at www.mbtheatre.com.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director

Paul Hopper portrays Dr. Van Helsing in Dracula, A Rock Opera

20 questions with Paul Hopper

Where did you grow up? Mostly in Detroit, but I spent my sophomore year in Pinconning (yeah.  The cheese) and ended up in Mount Clemens.

Where did you go to school? I graduated L’anse Creuse High School.

Who in your life has been your biggest influence?  All the Directors I have ever worked with.  Great people.

What is your dream role?  Sweeney in Sweeney Todd.

Do you believe in Vampires? No.  Vampires are a Myth.

Why do you think people today are obsessed with Vampires? I wouldn’t say obsessed exactly.  It’s just fun to be scared knowing deep down nothing is really going to hurt you.

Favorite Restaurant?  Kruse and Muer,  Rochester, MI.

Last scary movie you saw?  The Wolfman with Anthony Hopkins.

Last play you saw? Curtains at Dexter Players.  My Daughter was in it.

Last book you read?  Bite Me by Christopher Moore.  Yeah, it’s about Vampires.  Very funny but I would suggest reading You Suck first.

Next project after Dracula?  A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook then I’m off to San Diego to do The Drawer Boy.

Favorite place to visit?  Hawaii and Seattle.  Visiting the in-laws.

Number of siblings and where you fit into the count? Three.  All boys.  I was in the middle but there’s only two of us left so that makes me Paul The Elder.

Favorite Musician?  Paul Simon, Steven Sondheim, and anything by Areosmith.

Favorite Playwright?  There’s too many to list, all for different reasons.

Were you a “Crest” Kid? (if not what toothpaste do you use to clean your fangs)  Probably but I don’t remember,  but Remberant keeps your fangs their whitest.

Favorite onstage blooper?  Hum… maybe the time my pants fell down doing Fallstaff in Merry Wives.

Favorite pastime?  Woodworking.

Biggest pet peeve?  Rudeness.

Finish this sentence: “If I knew then what I know now… I wouldn’t have __________”

…I don’t think I would do anything differently.  It’s all been a learning experience.  Sure, there are times when you slap yourself in the head and say “Why did I do that!” but as the old saying goes “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

20 Questions with Caleb Gilbert of Dracula: A Rock Opera

Today we talk to Caleb Gilbert who portrays Dr. Seward in Dracula: A Rock Opera.  Caleb is new to the Meadow Brook Theatre stage but audiences will love him.  As the would-be suitor of Lucy Westenra, Caleb will pull at your heartstrings, and his voice floats to the rafters during his ballads.  Mark my words… the ladies will swoon!  Here’s his 20 questions!

Single Tickets for Dracula: A Rock Opera will go on sale September 20th at 10:00 am.  Call the Box Office at 248-377-3300 for more ticket information.  For more information on the theatre, visit us on the web at www.mbtheatre.com.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director

MBT newcomer Caleb Gilbert plays Dr. Seward in Dracula: A Rock Opera

20 questions with Caleb Gilbert

Where did you grow up?  I grew up in the “Downriver” area of Trenton

Where did you go to school?  I attended Riverview High School and I graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Who in your life has been your biggest influence?  My mom and dad. It’s amazing that they put up with all five of us kids.

What is your dream role?  I think it would be great to play a superhero in feature film.

Do you believe in Vampires?  Uhhm…..no.

Why do you think people today are obsessed with Vampires?  It seems like people want to live forever, I guess Vampires are a fantasy that reflect that for people. I’m more of a werewolf guy.

Favorite Restaurant?  Currently: Sushi dot Com in Ann Arbor. THE best!

Last scary movie you saw?  The Haunting. The old black and white, classic version.

Last play you saw?  A Christmas Carol in Comedia dell ‘arte.

Last book you read?  Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. An excellent story about feudal Japan.

Next project after Dracula?  Lots of writing, lots of rehearsing, then back to the studio for more recording with the Black House Ceilidh.

Favorite place to visit?  Mackinac Island. It’s such a romantic place. My wife and I want to buy a house there one day.

Number of siblings and where you fit into the count?  The oldest of Five. Three younger brothers, and one younger sister.

Favorite Musician?  Anything by  Sting or Kevin Tyler. But I have many favorites.

Favorite Playwright?  I don’t want to sound cliche but William Shakespeare is my all time favorite.

Were you a “Crest” Kid? (if not what toothpaste do you use to clean your fangs)  Crest sounds about right.

Favorite onstage blooper?  When I had hair…I grew it really long once. I got it caught in a trap door on stage and it ripped a good bit of it out of my head!

Favorite pastime?  Hanging out with my wife and my kids. Having friends over for dinner.

Biggest pet peeve?  Michigan roads during construction. SERIOUSLY!

Finish this sentence: “If I knew then what I know now… I wouldn’t have ____________”
…changed a thing. I am very thankful for all the blessings in my life.”

20 Questions with Renee Turner of Dracula: A Rock Opera

7 down: 6 to go, before we get through all 13 adult actors in Dracula: A Rock Opera during the 20 Questions series!  Next up… Renee Turner! Renee graduated from Oakland University a few years back and has joined the family here at Meadow Brook Theatre this season as an Acting/Administration intern.  She will be playing many roles in Dracula: A Rock Opera as well as understudying all of the female roles in the show!  She has her work cut out for her, but she is an extremely talented performer and is up to the challenge.  Enjoy her twenty questions and then come see her onstage!!!

Remember, Dracula: A Rock Opera tickets won’t go on sale until September 20 at 10:00 am.  Call the box office at 248-377-3300 to purchase tickets.  For more information please visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director

Renee is an Acting intern at MBT this season

20 questions with Renee Turner

Where did you grow up?  Rochester, MI

Where did you go to school?  Rochester Adams High School, Oakland University: Bachelor in Performing Arts

Who in your life has been your biggest influence?  My family.

What is your dream role?  I would actually love to be a backup singer on a big music tour. I’m also a little too obsessed with American Idol.

Do you believe in Vampires?  Um, I don’t think so. But I once overheard two grown men trying to convince their friend that vampires were 100% real. I do still believe in Santa Claus!

Why do you think people today are obsessed with Vampires?  Because they don’t believe in the Tooth Fairy, or Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny anymore, so they want something to believe in!

Favorite Restaurant?  Becco.  New York City, on restaurant row 46th St. between 8th and 9th avenue! Favorite MI restaurant…probably Kruse and Muer.

Last scary movie you saw?  I don’t handle scary movies very well. I’m still trying to get over my fear of the movie “Sixth Sense.”  I did see “1408” in theatres, and I had my hand over my eyes the whole time.  “Beetlejuice” is about the scariest thing I can handle

Last play you saw?  Lend me a Tenor with Tony Shaloub and Anthony LaPaglia on Broadway.

Last book you read?  The Secret

Next project after Dracula?  I’m working on all the shows at Meadow Brook this season in some capacity!

Favorite place to visit?  Spetses, Greece. It’s magical!!!

Number of siblings and where you fit into the count?  I have two younger brothers!

Favorite Musician?  Oh boy, soooo many! I like Corrine Bailey Rae a lot. Favorite band…Huey Lewis and the News!!

Favorite Playwright?  Neil Labute.  Although I recently saw Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in “A Behanding in Spokane” written by Martin McDonagh and it was absolutely crazy but hilarious. I should read more of his plays!

Were you a “Crest” Kid? (if not what toothpaste do you use to clean your fangs)  I really liked CloseUp. It had a great Cinnamon flavor.

Favorite onstage blooper?  It was at Avon Players, and we had to make an entrance up the side stairs attached to the stage. My friend Matt thought we were late for our entrance (we weren’t) and he pushed me and said “Go!”  It made me trip, and my shoe slipped off my foot and went flying through the air and hit a woman in the audience. She was okay though.

Favorite pastime?  Spending time with my family

Biggest pet peeve? When people use the word “pet peeve.” That word has always bugged me for some weird reason.

Finish this sentence: “If I knew then what I know now… I wouldn’t have  __________”

…Stressed out! It’s not that serious!”